Definitely! New Zealand is beautiful country with amazing native bush and (ever so slightly strange) wildlife. For example, there is the kiwi- with the longest but shortest bill of any flightless bird, laying an egg three times it's size! A Tui- a bird with a double larynx (two voice boxes) that enables it to make the weirdest yet most beautiful sounds, or a Tuatara- a lizard thats been around since the dinosaurs. There are also Wetas, fantails, stitchbirds,The enormously fat parrot- Kakapo, tree ferns, silver ferns (the national symbol of New Zealand), Giant Kauri trees- the largest one 'Tane Mahuta' is 50 metres tall with a 13 metre girth, and is believed to be around 2,000 years old!!! In fact, there are so many amazing species I can't list them all- but soon you'll be coming over here to see for yourself.
Unfortunately though, many of New Zealand's native flora and fauna is dying out because of introduced species, such as possums, rats, mice, stoats, weasels, dogs and cats. New Zealand broke away from Australia around 80 million years ago, and since then, the fantastic, weird and frankly wonderful species (especially birds) have evolved cut-off from the rest of the world, and cut-off from predators. Because of this predator-free state, the wildlife in NZ did not have to run or fly away, causing them to become ground dwelling and very curious. Unfortunately, when Europeans arrived, they brought with them rats, mice and possums etc, that began to hunt and destroy both the unique animals and plant life we have here in New Zealand, our wildlife, not used to predators, took a heavy blow. Now, many of the species I have listed above are endangered and we are doing every thing we can to help them.
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Thanks!! I loved going before and seeing what wildlife we could! Later i will post a picture of a really cool shell i found, it's kind of pale pink and it's a sort of spiral. i'll put it up as soon as I can grab a moment (and a camera)! Thanks again and I'm really looking forward to going, even if i have to do part of my school year again!